Gateway buys more satellite capacity

Wholesale telecoms carrier Gateway Communications has signed new contracts with SES for capacity on its NSS-703 satellite at 313 degrees East and its NSS-5 and NSS-7 satellites positioned at  340 degrees East.

Gateway says the additional capacity will allow it to expand its business with mobile network operators (MNOs) and internet service providers (ISPs) on the African continent.

“Satellite connectivity remains a core tool in connecting our customers to each other and to the rest of the world.  As sub-sea cables bring more capacity to the coast of Africa, investing in satellite and building terrestrial networks have a great future across Africa.” said Phil Braden, COO for Gateway Communications.

“MNOs and ISPs face infrastructure issues in Africa due to the vast territories to be covered and this is where satellite coverage is used to alleviate some of the mobile backhaul limitations,” says Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Vice President and General Manager, of SES for Africa.

SES currently has eight satellites serving the African continent, with a further two planned for launch during the course of 2012.

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